The Trump presidency has been one of the most tumultuous and controversial in American history. Each day, something increasingly farcical happens, and the real world comes closer and closer to being a South Park satire.
The internet, of course, has taken notice of this and provided a slew of memes, showcasing every poor decision and misstep the president has taken. Here are fifty of the many memes pointing out how increasingly disastrous and surreal the state of the country is getting.
50. “I Love The Poorly Educated”
Denizens of Twitter took notice when Trump made Betsy DeVos, a Michigan Republican with no background in education, his Secretary of Education. DeVos’s nomination was a controversial one to begin with—opposed by Democrats and teachers, yet praised by proponents of school choice and her fellow Republicans, DeVos was confirmed by a 51 yes to 50 no vote, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie in her favor.
DeVos’s numerous public gaffes, such as her comments on historically black colleges being a pioneering example of school choice (ignoring the fact that many of these colleges came about as a result of forced segregation), and her comments regarding the American Federation of Teachers’ survey showing their members felt a lack of control over their classrooms while ignoring the fact 86% of the 5,000 educators surveyed in the same survey felt DeVos had disrespected them, have cemented her position as a polarizing figure. The below meme takes a quote from Trump claiming to love the “poorly educated”, saying that DeVos will ultimately grant this wish as she will cause education standards to go down.
49. “A Failed Businessman Who’s Angry at The World”
Despite Trump’s claims of personal success, he has had several failures, both in business and personal ventures. Trump has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on not one, not two, but six of his business ventures. Trump University, a real estate training program run from 2005 to 2010, was subject to two class action lawsuits as well as a lawsuit from the New York Attorney General’s office, resulting from claims of fraud.
In the president’s personal life, his first two marriages both ended in divorce and his third marriage, to current first lady Melania Trump, has been subject to much scrutiny, with many noting how miserable Mrs. Trump seems to be. Twitter user @LivingBlueinRed pointed out all these things, in a succinct and blunt tweet criticizing the president.
48. “A Twitter Hissy Fit with Nordstrom”
Early on in the Trump Presidency, Trump got into a rather unexpected feud. With Nordstrom.
Following declining sales, Nordstrom decided to discontinue the Ivanka Trump clothing collection. Being that Ivanka is the president’s favorite daughter, Daddy Donald took to his preferred platform, Twitter, to defend his little girl.
Naturally, the Internet found the focus of the President’s energies on a relatively petty dissolution of a business agreement off putting, resulting in this meme which points out how ridiculous it is for the Commander in Chief to waste his time arguing with retailers when he has bigger fish to fry.
47. “When she was detained for nineteen hours?”
Comedian Chelsea Handler was also unafraid to point out Trump’s hypocrisy regarding the Nordstrom situation. Handler took to Twitter to criticize the President’s claims of “unfair treatment”, pointing out the way he had been treating Muslim refugees who attempted to enter the country.
46. “A Cheaper Wall”
Trump’s slavishly loyal supporters aren’t safe from the internet’s ire. Their eagerness to believe the President’s every word, even when he is proven wrong, earned the attention of tv host Andy Daly. Pointing out the unlikelihood of Trump ever getting his wall, Daly suggested that he should just tell his supporters that the wall had been built, predicting that they’d just believe him anyway.
45. “What Price?”
Facebook page Not My President has had enough of the Republican Party’s continued enablement of Trump. In this meme, they ask Congress’s Republicans what it will take for them to finally call the President out, as after numerous hissy fits on the internet, mocking of opponents, and generally poor decisions, they have continued to support him.
44. Trump For Prison
President Trump has been involved in several activities of questionable legality. Outside of claims of collusion with Russia, there has also been evidence that Trump has cheated on his taxes, been involved in fraud (such as in the case of Trump University), and has committed sexual assault and rape. In this meme, netizens profess their desire for Trump to go from the White House to the Big House in 2020.
43. Don’t Expect Perfection
While Barack Obama certainly did not deliver on all of his promises, he always carried himself with the dignity befitting his office. Unlike Donald Trump, Obama did not resort to attacks on his political enemies’ looks, did not insult reporters, and was not accused of any serious crimes. This meme acknowledges that while perfection is a unrealistic expectation to have of a president, integrity is not.
42. “We Can Have That Again”
Like the meme above, Democrat and President for the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden expressed nostalgia for the days of Barack Obama. She took to Twitter to express her desire for the former president to make as many public appearances as possible, to show the American public that they can go back to having an intelligent and classy president.
41. Spot the Difference
The relationship between America and Great Britain has always been one of historical significance. In many ways, Britain is America’s parent—our Constitution and Bill of Rights were inspired by their Magna Carta, and even though we broke away from them, we have always had close ties to the British crown economically and politically.
As such, the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and American presidents is one of great diplomatic importance. While the Queen had a cordial relationship with Obama and his predecessors, her relationship with Trump seems cold, distant, and uncomfortable. The meme below calls attention to the differences in the Queen’s body language when she is around Trump vs when she was around Obama.
40. “Uh, Yeah, I Sure Hope They Do”
Facebook page Not My President posted this meme, turning a speed limit sign into a sentiment we can all agree with.
39. A Historic Record
Trump has been caught in various stretches of the truth—so much so, in fact, that he may’ve set a record. In addition to intentional lies, his use of unverified facts and “fake news” has caused the President’s number of untrue statements to reach an unprecedented level.
The president’s xenophobic attitude has remained one of the few things he is consistent on. Yet its execution seems to vary. From changing his claims as to what sort of wall will be built by the Border (after realizing his initial claim would be impossible) to blaming Democrats for the children he put in cages, Trump’s immigration policy has actually managed to devolve.
37. “Change Your Locks”
When Trump paid his incredibly awkward visit to the United Kingdom, British protestors had an appealing offer—while they distracted the Orange One, we could change the White House locks and cancel his passport.
Senator Mitch McConnell has been the President’s greatest enabler. An ever loyal lapdog, he is just as racist, misogynistic, and homophobic as Trump himself. Rather than living up to a congressman’s job of keeping a disastrous president in touch, McConnell only continues to enable him
35. The Good Old Days
There was a time where the people who held the most important office in the country all had some form of political experience, and reality TV celebrities kept their idiocy where it belonged—on television. Trump, regrettably, has changed all that. Left-leaning Netizens have expressed their nostalgia for the good old days.
34. Too Many Fragments
Even those who didn’t agree with Barack Obama’s policies could admit that he was an eloquent and intelligent speaker. Trump, however, is prone to sentence fragments and mispronunciation, giving him a decidedly less educated and articulate effect. Many desire to return to the days where their president spoke in an aspirational, intelligent way—not like someone who barely graduated high school.
33. The Great Dictator Coddler
Trump’s behavior with America’s closest allies, such as Germany and Britain, has been rude and insensitive. When it comes to dictators such as Kim Jong-Un, however, Trump is all to eager to play nice and make friends with his fellow megalomaniacs. Legendary journalist Dan Rather took note of this, shaking his head.
32. A Formerly Respected Position
As commander in chief of a central world power, the President of United States is one of the most important people in the world. Barack Obama, while not always agreed with, was viewed with respect by world leaders. Donald Trump, on the other hand, is largely viewed as something of a buffoon on the world stage.
31. Above The Law
While people claim that in the United States everyone is subject to the rule of law, the very wealthy seem to constantly wheedle their way out of legal repercussions. Trump is no exception—time and time again, he’s avoided any sort of punishment for actions of questionable legality, using his money and position as a shield.
30. Is F-Minus an Option?
When Facebook page Not My President posted this meme asking likers to grade the Trump Presidency, Facebook users had one question—is a grade lower than F an option?
29. A Fool and His Vote are Soon Parted
Despite the President’s changing stories and general spreading of misinformation, his fanbase has remained consistently loyal and blind to his lies. Unfortunately, they take every word he speaks as gospel, something several memes—including this bumper sticker—have commented on.
28. Isn’t It Ironic?
Yet despite Trump being caught in numerous lies and gaffes, Trump supporters are convinced the fools are on the other side. This leads to some hilariously depressing examples of cognitive dissonance, such as this supporter’s bumper sticker.
27. If It Walks Like an Idiot….
Legendary comedian Groucho Marx is still remembered for his quick wit. One can imagine were he still here, he’d have much to say about our current political situation. One of his quotes, on idiots, seems to fit Mr. Trump particularly well.
26. From the White House to the Big House
Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi came under fire from several of her fellow Democrats for what they viewed as a lack of action in the Trump impeachment movement. It turns out, however, that Mrs. Pelosi has bigger plans for Mr. Trump-prison.
25. Benedict Arnold, Eat Your Heart Out
It is clear President Trump desires to go down in history. But with his coddling of dictators such as Kim Jong Un and rumors of collusion with the Russian government, it’s likely he’ll be remembered as more of a Benedict Arnold figure than a George Washington.
24. No Leg To Stand On
Trump claims to be a pious family man, with strong business sense. Yet his numerous affairs, comments condoning sexual assault, and failed businesses contradict both these claims. This meme sums his hypocrisy up.
23. “Girl, Dump Him!!”
He’s a two-time ex-husband, and many Americans are hoping to go the Ivana Trump and Marla Maples route and make him their permanent ex-president.
More than anything else, people are tired. Tired of the division, tired of the President lying and screaming and going on Twitter rants. They’re tired of the continued denigration of the White House.
21. Clean Up His Messes
Coiner of the phrase “alternative facts” Kellyanne Conway’s sole job seems to be to try to clean up the president’s messes. As campaign manager and in her current position as counselor to the president, Conway only appears to try to justify the President’s various scandals and gaffes. This has caused internet users to give her a new job title-a maid.
20. Truly Transformative
Despite Trump bestowing the nickname “Crooked Hillary” on Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election cycle, internet users have been quick to note that he himself is rather “crooked”. Between his various affairs and questionable legal activity, it seems nothing the President does is straightforward or sincere.
19. “A Very Low-IQ Individual”
President Trump is unduly focused on IQ points. Despite his own propensity for malapropism and mispronunciation, he is quick to jump on any mistake on the part of any one else and accuse them of low intelligence. In fact, “low IQ” may be one of Trump’s favorite criticisms to level at his opponents, as he did in a tweet criticizing actor Robert DeNiro….in which he used the wrong form of “too”. Internet users were quick to notice the irony.
18. Almost As Though It Touches A Nerve
Ever the lapdog, Mitch McConnell has been quick to shut down any investigations into the 2016 election. Furthermore, he’s been the main blockade against any legislation that would seek to protect the upcoming election from foreign interference. The picture painted isn’t pretty, and it doesn’t paint dear President Trump in the best light.
17. The Opposite Reaction
The question of America’s greatness has been on everyone’s lips. With “Make America Great Again” being Trump’s rallying cry, questions of if America was ever even great to begin with have come from the left.
This meme has one answer: America was great….before Trump was voted into office.
16. “Please, Just Pay Attention to Me!”
There’s no denying the president loves attention—after all, he was a reality TV personality for a good chunk of his career. Celebrity inherently invites attention, and Trump basks in it. He’ll say anything, no matter how outlandish, untrue, or ridiculous, to get it. One can even make the argument that the true basis of his campaign was him wanting attention.
15. “Grab ‘Em by The….”
Trump’s comments about women are undeniably repulsive. But what is perhaps even more repulsive is the fact even the women closest to him aren’t immune. Most famously, he said of his eldest daughter Ivanka that “perhaps he’d be dating her” were she not his child. One can only wonder how the Trump women truly feel about their patriarch and what he truly thinks of them since he seems to think so little of women in general.
14. The “Whole Truth”?
Trump makes a lot of claims, about himself and others. But he rarely does anything to prove or defend them. Which begs the question—how true are they?
13. But It’s Such An Easy Name!
The irony of Trump calling other people “low IQ individuals” continues. In his attacks on former vice president Joe Biden as a “low IQ individual”, the President misspelled the former VP’s surname as “Bidan”. Twitter was quick to notice.
12. No, He is Not Smarter Than a Third Grader
Many of Trump’s former Hollywood colleagues have come out against the president. Actor Ron Perlman shared a particularly apt criticism of Trump—namely, his focus on dismantling his predecessor’s legacy rather than creating a worthwhile one of his own.
11. A True “Patriot”
Trump was of age during the Vietnam War, one of the deadliest America has been involved with in recent history. But while many of his contemporaries—and political rivals—fought for this country, Trump used his wealth and privilege to dodge the draft. This makes his comments on the military particularly ironic.
10. War Hero v. Reality TV Star
Continuing his trend of attacking those who have done more for this country than he has, Trump has gone after Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, an openly gay Democrat who plans to run for the 2020 nomination. Yet, while Trump was living the good life and firing people from the Celebrity Apprentice, Buttigieg was fighting for his country in Afghanistan. The Democrat has one message for the President: You don’t scare me. I’ve seen worse.
9. “My Five-Year-Old Is Better Behaved!”
Trump insults his opposition based on their looks and perceived intelligence, mocks people with disabilities, makes xenophobic and racist comments, and sexually harasses women. The son of one protestor held a poignant sign: There are children out there with a stronger moral compass.
8. “Silent Majority”—Are You Sure About That?
Despite the fact Trump likes to claim that the majority of Americans are on his side, that is not the case. The President has reached historically low approval ratings—38% in a 2017 NBC News/Washington Post poll and 33% in a Quinnipiac University poll from the same year. His approval rating has barely gone up—according to a 2019 Gallup poll, the president sits at a mere 40%. Far from the “majority approval” he claims.
7. An Obvious Con
Even without the myriad of evidence in his tax returns and in Robert Mueller’s report, it is clear that Donald Trump is a conman. Americans who remember his early days in NYC real estate have always known this.
6. Just Admit It!
Many Americans’ greatest fear isn’t Trump himself: It’s that his supporters won’t change their minds come 2020. While people, regardless of political party, tend to be stubborn creatures, many hope former Trump supporters will see they made a mistake and vote him out come next November.
5. Who Are the Real Patriots?
Trump appealed to a his audience largely based of nationalistic ideas. But are these ideas actually good for the country? By and large, the “America First” ideology has not been putting America first, and has not been doing good for the country.
4. Sometimes, You Gotta Throw the Whole Senate Away
Part of defeating Trump is removing the Republican senators who continue to enable them. With 22 senators up for reelection next year and the Democratic party needing only four seats to regain a majority, many are eager to vote the current batch out of office and replace them with a new crop, who is less eager to be the president’s lap dog.
3. A Stable Genius Indeed
Trump claims both stability and high intellect. Yet his erratic, irrational behavior contradicts this. There are horses more ingenious than him, as this meme points out.
2. Meanwhile, the Guy We Got Can Barely Speak His Native Language
Pete Buttigieg speaks multiple languages fluently, has fought for his country, and has generally shown a great deal of empathy for his fellow human beings. President Trump, however, does not speak any language other than English (and he doesn’t even speak that one well!) and shows nothing but contempt for those he considers “beneath him”. Who is really the more presidential of the two?
1. Even Better Than OxyClean
Perhaps the greatest indication of how disastrous the current presidency is is how eager so many people are for it to be over. More and more, people have taken to social media to urge their fellow Americans to vote—and with good reason. The 2020 election is undoubtedly going to be an incredibly important one.